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Miraculous Jewelry Terms (“M”)

Jewelry Phrases beginning with “M” 

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Macaroni – aside from being one of the tastier carbs and an old timey term for being ‘in fashion,’ this also describes a chatelaine that is draped over one’s belt instead of hooked.  The chatelaine, if you recall, is that fancy keychain the ‘Lady of the House,’ or “Big Momma,” wore during the Elizabethan period.

Mallorca Pearls – these are faux pearls, with hearts of glass.  From the Spanish isle which bares their name, these little orbs are created by repeatedly dipping a glass ball into a shiny concoction made of fish scales and oil (aka: ‘smelly stew’ or ‘sea goo’).  The term is now widely used to describe all kinds of fake pearls – and older women named ‘Pearl’ who act phony.

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Manchette – leave it to the French to turn yet another everyday item into a sneakily chic jewelry creation.  This word means “cuff” en Français, hence the manchette is what is commonly known today as a ‘cuff bracelet.’  It looks just like the frilly end of a Victorian lady’s sleeve, and really comes in handy if you simply abhor having cuffs made out of fabric.

Married Jewelry – while you naturally assume that this refers to wedding bands, you naturally are wrong.  This is any type of jewelry piece that embodies one specific style and then is augmented with another add-on piece (which can be from either the same time period/design motif or from another one altogether).  Hence, you have two separate goods that have been ‘married’ together, like Kardshians and athletes.

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Mascaron – is the equivalent of a modern emoji, but the mean/scary ones.  A mascaron is a face, which can be human, animal, a human-animal hybrid, or a goblin/demon.   They are used in architecture on the side of buildings to keep evil spirits away and in jewelry to keep normal people away.

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Meander – this refers to a border, often seen in ancient Greek architecture, that has a repetitious, angular linear pattern.  The Hellenists (or ‘Greek Revivalists’) were fond of this motif, using it in a lot of jewelry items (such as “Greek Key” bracelets) at the turn of the 19th century.  Another term for a meander design is the “running dog,” as it looks like a little Fido trying to eternally catch itself in an M.C. Escherian maze.

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Meershaum – is a whitish, very lightweight clay-esque material that is often used in lieu of ivory (thankfully, for those who deplore ivory usage).  Importing tons of the stuff from Asia, German designers have used meershaum for generations to craft cigarette holders and ornate bowl pipes (thankfully, for those who enjoy smoking…things).  Meershaum sometimes makes a cameo in cameos, once again impersonating cruelly derived ivory.

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Memento Mori – and now for the single most morbid jewelry trend in history thus far.  This phrase translates directly from Latin to “Remember, you must die,” which is quite helpful if you’re the forgetful type.  Oddly popular for over 200 years (from the 1500’s through the 1700’s – and then again with modern day “Goths,” of course, who inundate Hot Topics in malls all over the country), these are rings, pendants and lockets, often with secret compartments, that were fashioned to look like skulls, skeletons and Larry King.

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Memorial Rings – are just what they sound like; rings that are constructed to memorialize or laud a person (ie – the King) or a special event (Macy’s year-end clearance sale).  Often they will have the silhouette of a chap or lady embedded in them, which serves as a creepy reminder that the soul depicted there is always with you.  ALWAYS.

Menuki – are intricately designed metal ornaments that were originally used to make Japanese sword handles look really pretty…right before they killed you.  Menuki became all the rage in the Western world during the end of the 1800’s, in the super throwback Art Nouveau era.

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Micromosaic – this is a form of art that is extremely difficult to achieve, so if someone ever gives you a micromosaic pendant or brooch, just be grateful to the person who spent days putting it together and send them a micro-kiss.  It’s made from tiny glass or enamel parts (called ‘tesserae’) that have a bunch of different hues.  You put it all together in a gold, copper or brass tray to create an image (like an ancient Italian Lite Brite).

Milk and Honey Effect – much like the biblical land of the same name, this is something you strive for when picking out chrysoberyl gemstones.  Don’t recall what those are?  They’re those stones that exhibit the ‘cat eye’ phenomenon; so the M&H effect here is when the feline eye looks like equal parts the sugary goo that bears enjoy and the liquid that cows generously supply our children with.

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Millefiori – speaking of micro mosaics, these are minuscule flower bouquets sometimes found in these miniature works of art.  It’s also a good name for a Bond Girl.

Minaudière – One of the many Van Cleef & Arpels patented items, this is a dainty little clutch designed for women to use to store their make-up, combs and secrets.  The exterior typically features floral, woven designs with little lipstick-protecting hummingbirds and the like on there.

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Mizpah Ring – taken right out of the bible, Mizpah is Hebrew for “Watchtower,” and refers to god watching over man.  Ergo, gold, silver or sometimes brass rings would be engraved with this word (and for jewelers with tiny baby fingers, sometimes the a whole quote from the bible in relation to this).  Not to be confused with a bar mizpah (that’s a tavern where god watches you drink).

Mokume Gane – is the Japanese nomenclature for a technique of lamination that makes metal look like grained wood.  This was used back in the day for Japanese sword blades (possibly so they appeared to be wooden and then opponents would let their guards down?), but today it can be found on all manner of wearable jewelry.

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Mordant – the end of the one’s belt (that doesn’t have the buckle on it) can be affixed with a mordant, which is a metal thingy that helps the belt easily slide through the pant loops.  Some buckles are fancy and are bejeweled and the mordants are set with matching stones.  In jewelry, mordants are mostly used to jazz up bracelet ends.  A common misconception is that Mordants are inhabitants of Mordor.

Moresque – a design style which contains scroll-like shapes, originating from the North Africa.  Renaissance people were really into this look, incorporating it into all kinds of jewelry.  The designs are beautifully complicated, ironically giving rise to the phrase “less is moresque.”

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Mounting on Moor – is a sneaky trick in the diamond world, where one gives the stone a little bit of a ‘tint’ in the pavilion portion, which hides unsightly blemishes inside it.  Like putting a “Kelvin” filter on an unflattering Instagram pic.

Mourning Jewelry – a self-explanatory term, these are jewelry pieces that people would wear when a loved one departed, to show the world they were very sad but still of course cared about fashionable accessories.  Obviously darker materials were employed in making these pieces, such as onyx, black enamels and crystals, jet and in some cases, the actual hair of the mourned individual.  These particular, hair-inclusive jewelry pieces were also known as “please get that away from me.”

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Muff Chain – is a lengthy chain that loops around a lady’s neck, hangs all the way down and clasps her muffler, or muff, which is that fuzzy guy that keeps hands warm.  This was a must-have object during the 1700’s, when people were apparently losing their muffs left and right.

Joe Leone 

10 reasons why you should sell your diamonds IMMEDIATELY

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All across the country, many people can be found who own diamonds.  Some women wear them on the forth finger of their left hand to indicate that you shouldn’t ask them out; others sport large versions of the stones, hanging from their ears, as an alternative to “spacers”; certain gentlemen, who recite lyrical words for a living into microphones, have diamonds embedded into miniature avatars of themselves that hang from gilded chains around their necks.  Then there are the people that have diamonds hidden in their attics, in tiny treasure chests, saving them in the event of a complete economic breakdown where we must resort back to a pre-civilized barter system.  Of all the multitude of the diamond hoarding human classifications, there is one thing that unites them: they all should sell their diamonds ASAP.

Here’s why:

1 – Walking around with valuable pieces of glittering, sparkling glass fragments on your body is a surefire way to draw the attention of criminals looking to make an easy score.  Just look at what happened to Batman’s parents.  Ditch those pricey pieces post haste, before you become the prime target for a malicious mugging/horrendous hugging.  

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2 – In the same way that you become the pièce d’ résistance for professional bandits, you make yourself ready bait for bothersome relatives and deadbeat friends.  They won’t rob you in quite the exact aggressive manner as the aforementioned gem-snatchers, but they will bombard you with nonstop requests for monetary assistance.  The ugly, glittering truth is that they are not even to blame; by wearing diamonds you turn yourself into a walking billboard for ostentatious luxury and arrogant opulence.   

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3 – You work hard every day at your job.  You put in extra hours, you follow up with all business leads that may benefit the company – you even attend the damnable Holiday Party every year with a warm (however forced and obsequious) grin on your face.  Think you’re due for a raise, right?  NOPE.  Not with that huge rock on your finger/ear/nose.  You look like you have too much money already.  Sorry, you can email HR though – who’ll promptly delete your complaint, for all the same gem encrusted reasons. 

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4 – Diamonds are very hard, and in some cases, very sharp.  Now, what do you think happens when you lose weight?  Your digits shrink and your rings become loose.  The harmless activities of every day life can cause your ring to droop down, and when you go to close your hand around a plump orange or send a hilarious (in your mind) tweet – OW!  Your backwards set diamond has just stabbed ye, and it’s off to the E.R. for an afternoon of agony.  

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5 – Let’s paint a similar scenario: you’ve dropped some pounds and all your clothes are now hanging on you.  You casually attempt to hail a cab and – whoosh – your ring goes flying off your slender finger and into the night.  Oops.  You are not even aware of this until later, when you realize you’ve just lost an item that cost thousands upon thousands of greenbacks.  

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6 – You may be grinning to yourself at this point, thinking “Ha!  I never lose weight – in fact, I’ve been steadily gaining girth for years!”  Well, touché.  Oh, you may want to consider this though; those who have amassed extra poundage and have rings that are now permanently stuck on their fingers are at a great risk of losing circulation entirely and, ultimately, needing to have their finger amputated.    Won’t be so funny anymore, when you’re walking around giving people ‘High Fours.’

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7 – Diamonds are forever.  That is, until you can’t find them anymore.  If you happen to fall into the grouping of people who squirrel away your diamonds in remote corners of your cellar, attic or furnace, there may come a day when you are ready to remove said stones and: WAH?  They’re missing!  From actual squirrels (and other pesky varmints) that just love to burrow into tight places and pilfer shiny things to similarly rodential children and grabby roof shingle repairmen, there’s a whole host of creatures/people who can get to your gems before you do.  Sell those rocks before they get their grubby little mitts on them first.  

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8 – For every old diamond that doesn’t get sold, a “new” diamond must be excavated from the ground to meet diamond consumer demand.  This endless stream of terrestrial destruction has anything but a positive impact on the environment; in fact, it wreaks havoc on certain sensitive ecosystems, which can ultimately lead to the decimation of endangered species and worldwide environmental devastation.  So, essentially, every time you don’t sell your old diamonds, the air we breathe becomes poisonous and a baby seal dies. 

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9 – Owning a diamond engagement ring leads to divorce.  Statistics show that out of all divorced couples, over 80% of them had a diamond engagement ring exchanged (well, this documentation refers to ‘married coules,’ but all divorced couples were married at one time, so whatever).  The numbers don’t lie.  Sell your diamond engagement ring right now, or the chances are highly in favor that you will get divorced.  Already divorced?  Well, there you have it then.  Best to sell any residual diamonds before they can do any more damage.  

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10 – Finally, we have the most substantial (and serious) reason.  While diamond demand has not waned dramatically in the U.S., international diamond prices have seen a significant downward spiral.  This is no passing trend; it’s just the way things are.  Take a gander at what some of these news sources have to say on the matter: Forbes, Time, MarketWatch.  The smartest economic decision you can make in this very moment is to sell your diamonds now, before things get exponentially worse.  The good news here is that at Diamond Lighthouse we can help you recover the absolute highest value for your diamond jewelry (typically any piece that features a diamond 1 carat and higher).  Our unrivaled open bidding platform will get you the best price for your diamond, every single time.  Find out more, right…NOW!  

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-Joe Leone

How to Rekindle your Relationship with Your Diamond

10 Fun Things to Do with Your Diamond

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You and your diamond have had quite the run, haven’t you?  It’s stayed on your left ring finger, around your neck, on your nose or belly button, or some other place we won’t discuss right now, for a nice long while.  You’ve seen various parts of this great country of ours together; heck, you’ve maybe even crossed seas and gazed upon grandiose iconic worldly sights as one.

But, like all relationships, things can eventually turn stale.

It doesn’t seem to sparkle as brightly when you glance at it now – or maybe you’re just not appreciating it the way you once did.  Well, the only solution is to jump start your once powerful bond and leave the stagnant waters of complacency behind.  Here are ten fun things you can do with your diamond to bring the luster back into your brilliantly shared life.

1) Wear your engagement ring to a Singles Night.

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Look, everybody loves attention; your diamond is definitely no exception.  When you proudly don your diamond engagement ring to a singles night, numerous potential suitors (and even a few curious ladies) will inquire about what you are doing there/why are you wearing the ring/can they possibly join you in a polygamous union?  As you flirtatiously flaunt your diamond around and talk all about it, the two of you will feel a renewed kinship and complicit affinity for one another.

2) Bring it to a basket/foot/baseball game and when the Kiss Cam gets to you, shove your loved one out of the way and kiss your diamond instead.

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What better way to make the whole world jealous than to project your love onto the jumbo-tron?  With that beautifully cheesy heart graphic superimposed around you two, your friends at home watching ESPN will be simultaneously jealous…and baffled.  Your diamond will be eternally grateful for the unbridled outburst of affection.

3) Take it to a Natural History Museum and show your diamond its roots.

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Have you ever taken the time to let your diamond really reminisce about where it comes from?  Hit the Geology wing of any reputable museum and let your diamond stroll down memory lane as it recounts its time as a young, wide-eyed piece of carbon, hanging with its friends deep beneath the earth’s crust.  Let it regale you with the enthralling tale of how it shot up on the Kimberlite express to the planet’s surface, eventually making its way to your finger; and into your heart.

4) Hang around a section of a jewelry store where the diamonds showcased are all of a smaller size and/or inferior quality.

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Nothing boosts your diamond’s spirits like letting it feel superior to others.  Let’s face it, the diamond world is a highly competitive one; each stone is precisely measured and evaluated, and microscopic flaws can have a dramatic impact on its desirability.  When you compare your diamond to a bunch of less attractive stones, it will feel like a million bucks.  Add to this tantalizing tableau a bunch of onlookers, shopping for their own diamond, who can only gaze at yours in envy.  The perfect jolt to your team-self-esteem.

5) Attend a lecture on a serious topic of some sort; use your diamond to reflect light into the presenter/orator’s eye.

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Executing wacky pranks with your loved stone instantly interjects a little joy back into your waning relationship.  Utilizing your diamond’s primary strength (that of reflecting/refracting light – in this case, into the ocular region of some boring person), will have the two of you giggling with glee.  Well, you at least (the diamond has no mouth).

6) On the night of the first snowfall of the year, throw your diamond into the pristine white blanket of snow – then find it.

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Toss that cherished stone directly into the awaiting ivory mounds.  Wait a minute.  Then begin your quest.

As you frantically paw at the accumulated snow, freezing your little digits off, you will feel a growing sense of urgency and reinvigorated passion for your diamond.  The thought that you will never find it crosses your mind, and you even panic a bit.  Once you see that tiny sparkle amongst the fallen flakes, you will breathe a sigh of relief like no other.  Reunited with your diamond, you’ll see how much it truly means to you.  From your diamond’s perspective, it’s quite the adventure as well; surrounded by millions of snow flakes (which are all singular and unique, just like every diamond) it can undergo a humbling experience too.

7)  Watch any of these films about diamond heists together.

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Have your very own “Netflix and chill” session with your diamond.  The two of you will unconsciously feel the need to cuddle close together as onscreen gems are stolen from their rightful owners.  You will clutch your diamond ever so tightly, reassured that the two of you truly belong together for eternity.

8)  Have a spa/pamper day-cum-ring cleaning.

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Get your hair, nails and face did – all while your diamond looks on.  Take it to the jeweler for its own cleansing and you’ll have quite the rewarding reciprocal endeavor.

9)  Create an instagram account that is soley selfies of you and your diamond.

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After your friends and loved ones see the glorious series of shots of just the two of you together, all you need to tell them is this: don’t be #jelly.

10)  Etch your love to the world.

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That’s right; it’s time for some good ole fashioned graffiti.  Using your diamond’s unfathomably hard edges, scratch you and your diamond’s initials (encircled in a big heart) all over town (*if you do not know your diamond’s initials, feel free to just inscribe its GIA certification number).  Into the town’s oldest oak tree, the huge bay window at the mall, your annoying neighbor’s car; there’s literally no surface you can’t use to espouse you and your diamond’s undying love.  Seeing your mutual affection indelibly raked into the canvases of everyday life, you will once again feel in your heart that the two of you are made for each other (…one of you made by other humans, the other made by heat, pressure and dirt).

Hopefully, after employing these delightful techniques, you and your diamond will fully appreciate each other once again.  If these methods just dont do the trick, alas, it is sad to say that all hope may be lost for you and your little gem friend.  If this is the case, it probably is time to part ways and move on in a sensitive, mature and morally conscientious way.  Why not let someone else enjoy your diamond?  You both will be able to reach your full potential then.  Check out diamondlighthouse.com.  We will find a good home for your diamond, and you will be compensated for the highest amount possible.   Please, do the right thing; for you and your diamond.

-Joe Leone 

Are you spending too much money on everyday things?

Valuable Tips for Cost-Cutting

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If saving money wasn’t such a challenge, everyone would do it – but why pay $10 for something you can get for $5? There are many easy ways to save money throughout the day if you are willing to commit to them. Below are a few things you may accidentally be overlooking when you think about trimming costs from your daily or monthly budget.

Coffee & Cigarettes

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Daily habits like coffee and cigarettes add up quickly, but they don’t have to. If you are like the average American worker, you could probably save about $15 every week, or over $1,000 per year, on the coffee purchased in chains and shops.  Make it at home; make a profit. If worries about your health haven’t made you stop smoking, the maybe worries about your wallet will. Pack-a-day smokers could save an average of $2,000 per year on cigarettes, and that’s money they could be putting away for travel or retirement. Cut back on coffee shop coffee consumption and quit smoking, and that’s $120,000 you’ve saved in 40 years.

Lunch

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If you work away from home, there is a good chance you buy café or restaurant lunch several days per week. Studies show the average American eats lunch out at least twice per week, and men spend on average $21 per lunch, while women spend $14. If you don’t want to lose your precious time out of the office, try choosing a less expensive restaurant, finding places with coupons, or nixing a side item, a drink, or both.

Buy Generic

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While generic products are not always a way to get more bang for your buck, some items, like cereal, may be better or just as good at a significantly lower price. DailyFinance.com advises buying store brand spices and seasonings in addition to cereal to shave off costs for food. Medications may be another avenue for saving money, but certain items like toilet paper and trash bags are not necessarily cost effective because their low quality will make you use them faster, therefore making you spend more to replace them.

Energy Habits in the Home

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While a long, luxurious shower may be your favorite way to start the day, you may be able to save quite a bit on energy costs if you cut your shower time shorter. Save the luxury shower for the beginning of a relaxing Saturday and expedite the process on the weekdays. Many high costs come from the air moving around in your house as well, so encourage your family or roommates to close the blinds in the daytime to keep the rooms from being heated up by the sun.

Entertainment & Travel

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Reconsidering how much you can spend on entertainment may be a great way to trim your budget, but that doesn’t mean you have to completely deprive yourself. If you love going to the movies, see a cheaper matinee, then spend the rest of your evening reading a book from the library instead of the bookstore. While your car isn’t entertainment, it does get you to and from the places you like to be entertained, so make sure you change the oil regularly and keep the tire pressure at appropriate levels.  These simple acts can keep you safer and help you save what could be hundreds of dollars per year in fuel costs. Another idea to keep yourself entertained is to try out free community events at various parks or the library.

Whatever your money-saving goals are, they require thought and dedication. Saving money feels good and helps you reach your financial goals for the future, and makes occasional splurges even more rewarding.

 

If you find that (despite your best efforts) you simply can’t save any money up, and you really would like to have some extra funds, consider selling any diamond jewelry you may have with Diamond Lighthouse.  We will get you the best price for your diamonds, every time, with our entirely unique, fair and transparent online auction platform.  Find out more!

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How to Make Cash at Home

10 Fun Ways 

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Anyone who is a member of any faction of modern society knows that they need access to money in order to properly…live.  They do this by either ‘working for a living,’ being born (or marrying) rich or coming up with an idea for a mobile app that is so amazing they end up set for life (Uber, Pinterest, AmIHotOrNot.com).  This is a very basic tenet of contemporary existence.  However (and luckily for some of you!), there are a few loopholes.  Aside from going on an expedition for missing treasure, there are numerous other, quite tangible ways in which you can earn cash – all set up from the relative comfort of your own house/Winnebago/teepee.  Behold, the top 10 ways to make dough at home.

Up in the Air

If you haven’t heard of AirBnB.com by now…well, there’s no chance of that you haven’t, so let’s just proceed.  Turn that extra bedroom/walk-in closet/maid’s personal pool house into instant cash.  Not an iota of spare space in your current domicile?  Well, then it sounds like a trip to your favorite relative’s home/couch while you rent out your place to an eager world traveler is entirely in store.  The best part is that the company has a fairly extensive vetting process (for both renters and rentees), so most likely you won’t have to deal with too many felons getting cozy in your pad.  The site takes only 3% of what you charge your visitors (and you can set your rate, either insultingly high or embarrassingly low, in any fashion you like).

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Nice and Roomy

Ok, this is like Airbnb for the baller crowd: roomorama.com.  While the name doesn’t indicate the slightly fancier aspect of most of the luxurious listings here, this is actually a glorious choice if you have a larger or more upscale space to rent out (like a villa, chateau or shack d’amour).  Now, they take 8-12% of the fee you collect, so it’s a good idea to list your place on both of the aforementioned sites.  Ultimately, select whoever is going to give you the most loot, after calculating for the subtracted commission rates.

Get Office-ial

Not everyone adores the idea of strangers sleeping in their beds (…obviously certain individuals actually do, but that’s a topic for another discussion on making extra money altogether).  If you have a spare room in your house or apartment that can double as an ‘office space’ then you can turn that enclosure into instant cash with DeskTime (desktimeapp.com).  You just throw some pictures up on their site, and then people come and work in your designated area for whatever timeframe you like.  *Bonus: you can walk through the ‘office’ whenever you like and pretend you are the boss, telling the person renting the room to ‘Fax this for me.’  (…you don’t have a fax)

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Half the effort, twice the Fun

This is like eBay light.  Half.com is technically a subdivision of eBay, where you don’t have to go through the whole bidding process, etc.  You just let them know what merchandise you want to sell (typically, music, movies and tech-related things garner the best prices), they give you an offer price, then you ship your stuff to them and they send you your loot through Paypal.  They also have another, self-serving option: take your payment in the form of a “Half.com Gift Card” and get an additional %15 bonus.  That may be the perfectly incentivized option for online shopaholics, like some of you saucy, commercialism driven folks out there.

The Ultimate re-gift-card!

Whoever came up with the idea for this company is a certified genius.  Each year, during the holidays, people receive “gift cards” from various relatives, friends or part-time-lovers who can’t think of a darn thing to get each other.  Often these cards reside in a wallet or purse for many moons before they are even discovered again (sorry, Aunt Helen, nobody buys things on iTunes anymore).  So cardcash.com was created, to give you a place to dump said gift cards and receive back about 90% of the cash value.  Ka-ching!  Now that $25 of “Bed, Bath and Beyond” nonsense can be 22 actual dollars in your pocket.  Win.

*You can even get rid of your Half.com Gift Card…

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Not So Secret Agent

Well, now we’re going to get into some of the weirder ones.  There exists a site called AgentAnything.com where people post tasks that they would like completed, and a fee they are willing to shell out.  Wages range from the meager ($10) to the relatively extravagant (several hundred).  You just pick a project that is suited to your skill set, and violà, moolah on the way.  The assignments listed are pretty diverse, from “Find a four string quartet” to “Attend a Lecture/Prepare a Summary” to “Like everyone of my Instagram pictures” to “Tickle my Elmo” (…that last one is made up).

CON: you have to be a college student to participate in this.

PRO: seems totally worth it to take an online university course just to be eligible for the “jobs” on this cool and quirky site.

Go on Tour

Do you live in an interesting city, historic town or any other locale that people want to visit (ie: basically anywhere that isn’t Detroit)?  Then that means there are tourists that are voraciously hungry for information about your specific geographic location.  Sign up on vayable.com to be a tour guide, and you can disseminate all the hometown knowledge you have cluttering your brain, as these wayward vacationers gawk and snap endless selfies.  You get to choose how valuable the words coming out of your mouth are, as you can set your own prices.  The good folks at Vayable take a 15% commish.

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Can you just…focus??

You probably know someone who has participated in a focus group and gotten paid for it; you can be just like them!  If you like sharing your opinion (as much as your old classmate with the new baby likes sharing photos on Facebook), then this could be the perfect outlet for you.  At findfocusgroups.com, all you have to do is select your location and pick a group that looks appealing to you (apparel, education, shopping, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills rivalries, etc.)  They typically pay 100 to 250 bucks a shot, for as little as an hour or so of “work.”  Pretty sweet when you think about it.

Let’s just be Friends

Now this is going to sound a little odd…but people are willing to pay to be your friend.  You just make a friendly profile on RentaFriend.com, like you would for a dating site.  However, Rent-a-Friend ensures that when you put yourself up for rent, it’s strictly for friendship, no funny-touchy-grabby-lawsuity business.  You typically can make about 50 smackers an hour, as you attend events (concerts, the Superbowl, barn raisings) with your new “buddy.”  As the renter is paying for the entire service, you get to keep the whole fee that you charge for your ever so valuable friendship; the site doesn’t dip into your profits at all.  They say you “can’t buy love,” but clearly you can rent out friendship for a phenomenal price.

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Ring in the new you.

If you’re looking to make some serious cash, think about selling any diamond jewelry you may have.  DiamondLighthouse.com lets you ship your diamond items, totally for free, to their lab in Manhattan and then receive an expert GIA trained gemologist evaluation of them.  They then place your diamond(s) on the market, in an open bidding platform (available only to vetted, professional buyers).  You can then view and accept or reject the offers that come in.  If you choose to accept an offer, they send you the payment, post haste.  Boom.  All from the convenience of your own hammock, Lay-Z-Boy or full-body massage chair.

Oh, by the way, that’s our company, and it’s the best.  Check out the glowing reviews people have left here – and learn even more info here.

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Happy At-Home Earning!

-Joe Leone